Twitter bots are a mixed bag, but thanks to Jenny Ye and Noah Veltman over at WNYC’s data team, there’s now a way to keep tabs on every close NCAA tournament game across the social network. First noticed and reported by Nieman Lab, Nailbiter Bot scrapes NCAA.com’s scoreboard for close games inside 3 minutes.
The tweets are pretty standard score updates, but might come in handy for a casual fan who can’t afford to park in front of the TV for the whole day.
And paired with Twitter push notifications, Nailbiter Bot might actually work as a reliable early warning system for close games, as @jodyavirgan notes.
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